Referring Someone to the Housing First Program

Tenants accepted into Cobblegate, Tangy Court, Belvo or Imperial Court must meet certain criteria.

Prospective tenants must:

  • Meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) definition of homeless (preference is given to individuals who are chronically homeless)
  • Provide a diagnosis consistent with a serious mental illness as defined by HUD
  • Need the level of services provided by the Housing First Program as determined by the Homeless Solutions Policy Board’s centralized assessment process (Front Door)
  • Be willing to sign and comply with the terms of a standard lease

Documentation required for tenants:

  • Front Door assessment and referral from the Homeless Solutions Policy Board
  • Homelessness verification
  • Most recent diagnostic assessment (if available)
  • A completed Authorization for Release of Information
  • Photo identification
  • Social Security card
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of medical insurance (if any)
  • Proof of residency (Montgomery County)
  • Proof of income

Referral process:

  • Referrals must come from the Homeless Solutions Policy Board’s centralized assessment process (Front Door) and cannot be made directly to PLACES.
  • Individuals may access the Front Door process through any of the four gateway shelters:
    • St. Vincent de Paul Gettysburg Gateway for Men
    • St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter for Women and Families
    • Daybreak’s shelter
    • YWCA’s domestic violence shelter


Contact the for more information about referrals.